CBS (ended 1994)
|I liked "The Offspring," too, was a moving episode. One thing I didn't care for about it was after Data's rights had already been established as a sentient being able to make his own choices had already been decided, the writer chose to ignore it and have Lal suddenly being confiscated from him. That went against the whole premise of androids having rights as a race once there was more than Data, that Picard established in "Measure Of A Man," and really seemed hackneyed. Frakes was able to pull it off without it becoming too overtly sentimental or maudlin.|
|Show where Lal isn't sentient though. Lal was aware of her own existence in making choices (such as the body selection scene) not to mention displaying the characteristic of curiosity, which only sentient beings display.|
I didn't really say she wasn't.
|.but Data who is an android made another android, which might cross out that since Data made Lal, then she isn't sentient, so she doesn't have the right to choose. |
By that standard, then, after the ruling on Data, and Lal's showing her capacity to make her own choices also qualifies her as a sentient being and that would disqualify her from being property of Starfleet. The case was the hinge this episode was built around and in that it failed to show where this Admiral was to be given the autonomous authority over Lal -- it violated the very precept of what had been established before. Sloppy continuity but still a good episode.
|What irked me most was how she was never, to my recollection, mentioned again|
Well, Data did tell his "mom" (so to speak) in the 7th season "Inheritance"...